Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Sam's 40th Birthday Celebration!

Hope everyone had a nice weekend and are gearing up for Passover and Easter! Here at Shawn Rabideau Events & Design, we had a wonderful wedding on Friday at The Lighthouse at Chelsea Piers! We will be sure to post the photos once we receive them! Can't wait to share them with you!

Today, I am so excited to show you a 40th birthday celebration for one of our ultra-fabulous clients Sam! From the very beginning of the planning process to the very end, we had so much fun with Sam and we know that she will be a friend for life! She is such a hard working, caring, and sincere woman who deserved the party of a lifetime! She is an inspiration to us all here at Shawn Rabideau Events & Design and we hope that you enjoy these photos of her birthday bash!

The party took place at an absolutely incredible location  here in NYC, SoHi at the brand new Trump Soho! Located on the 46th Floor of Trump Soho, we knew this location was "the one" as soon as we stepped foot inside and saw the unbeatable views. 

Jennifer, the Special Events Manager, was such a doll and made the entire process a breeze! We could not have pulled off this event without the extra care we received from her and from Leonardo, the Catering Manager. I cannot thank them enough for their hard work and dedication! Also, if you have yet to go to Trump Soho's restaurant Quattro for dinner...RUN don't walk! The food is to die for!

For the decor, we designed the room to have a sleek and elegant feel. The fun lounge furniture and rentals were brought in from Luxe Event Rentals. For this "cocktail style" event, we made sure that there was enough seating for at least half of the guests, but still had a consistent flow throughout the entire room. Nsombi, our head floral and design director, did an incredible job on the arrangements that helped accent the sophisticated feel of the event.

The invitations and all paper items for Sam's birthday bash were created and designed by the talented Ana Dolan of Invitations by Ana. Sam came up with the slogan "I am Sam! 40 I am!" and we took the idea and ran with it! 

We customized the invitations, thank you cards, specialty cocktail, guest book, and ice cream sandwich flags based on her slogan and initials SJP. 

Guests signed this custom book created by Ana Dolan that had each guests photo inside so that they could sign by their photo! A wonderful keepsake for Sam!

Instead of doing the typical birthday cake, we decided to do ice cream sandwiches from Melt Bakery! Julian of Melt Bakery is such a sweetheart and another outstanding vendor that I recommend highly! The ice cream sandwiches were such a hit with all of the guests and we even did an over-sized ice cream sandwich with candles as the "cake" so Sam could make her birthday wish!

 The flavors Sam chose for her passed ice cream sandwiches included "The Minimalist" vanilla ice cream with chocolate chip cookies, "Seduction" espresso ice cream with double chocolate chip cookies, "The Elvis" banana ice cream with peanut butter cookies (one of my personal favorites), and "Kareem" pistachio ice cream with pistachio baklava. For more of Melt Bakery's amazing flavors, check them out here.

Guests danced the night away to tunes provided by the incredibly talented and lovely DJ Mark Z from Total Entertainment

Jesse Anders from Fifth Avenue Digital did an amazing job capturing the evening which is for sure something that we will never forget!

Sam's hair was done by Danielle Pfeifer and makeup by Ashley Fox.

Thanks again to all of the fabulous vendors who helped make this event such a success! And Happy Birthday Sam! We hope all of your birthday wishes come true!


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